Nadia Belerique

Nadia Belerique, Buoys 3, 2016

Mark Ruwedel | Carole Condé & Karl Beveridge | Nadia Belerique

About the Artist

Nadia Belerique is an interdisciplinary Toronto-based artist who holds a BFA from York University and an MFA from the University of Guelph. She has won the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Artist Prize (2015), the BMW Exhibition Prize at CONTACT Photography Festival (2014), the Ontario Arts Council Visual Arts Grant (2013), and the Toronto Arts Council Emerging Art Award (2012). In 2014, Gallery TPW hosted a solo exhibition of her work entitled “The Counselor.” Belerique was longlisted for the 2017 Sobey Art Award.

Selected solo exhibitions: “Bed Island,” Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto (2016); “Have You Seen This Man?” Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto (2014); “The Counselor,” Gallery TPW, Toronto (2014); “(In Order of Appearance),” Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto (2012).

Selected group exhibitions: “Babble On,” Topless Rockaway, New York (2016), “Title Here,” Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2016); “Superimposition: Sculpture and Image,” Plug In ICA, Winnipeg; “Le Grand Balcon,” Montréal Biennale (2016); “New Visions,” Tensta Konsthall, Spånga, Sweden; “The Mouth Holds the Tongue,” The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (2015); “Blue Times,” Kunsthalle Wein, Vienna (2014).

Selected collections: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto; TD Bank, Toronto; Torys LLP, Toronto.

About The Work

Nadia Belerique’s Buoys 3 is part of a larger body of work exhibited under the title “Bed Island.” Those two words suggest the contradictory feelings of intimacy and isolation, which characterize this image of objects floating in an indeterminate space. The unusual perspective—items such as a shoe and a beer bottle are seen from below—and the imposition of a semi-opaque sheet of plastic accentuate this unfixed quality, which implies movement and impermanence. The objects corralled here may soon slide into a different arrangement or be replaced altogether, an apt metaphor for the fluidity of both identity and psychological states.